Year in review 2008
February 17: Introduction of 180 individual services increases on all days of the week on 46 bus and streetcar routes.
February 21: The Safety Department hosts first-ever safety forum with representatives from all 42 Joint Health and Safety Committees.
March: Completion of BST’s OCDI – the comprehensive survey of all TTC employees. More than 9,000 employees responded.
March 18: Malvern Garage hosts funding agreement signing between all three orders of government for infrastructure and federal gas tax dollars for the TTC.
April 8: Official unveiling of the highly anticipated platform makeover at Museum Station.
April 13: Allen Chocorlan is appointed Deputy General Manager – Bus.
April 27: The Ontario Legislature holds an emergency session; passes back-to-work legislation; ends one-and-a-half day TTC strike.
June: Waste and recycling containers make their return to subway platforms.
June 6: Toronto debut of the engineering mock-up for the new Toronto Rocket subway train.
June 8: TTC Roadeo winners: Malvern’s Sam Minaudo, Jim Muir, Gus Mastathis; Duncan Shop’s Carey Leroux; Wheel-Trans’ Martin Owen; Arrow Road’s Bruce Reid.
June 23: Transit City Department is formed and headed by Program Manager Sameh Ghaly.
July: All stop announcements on the subway and Scarborough RT become fully automated.
July: BST releases the Safety Assessment and Culture Assessment Report.
July 10: Commissioners approve a Green Procurement Policy for the TTC.
July 25: Official ground-breaking on the York University BRT, from Downsview Station to York Campus.
August 10: Launch of the TTC’s newly designed website.
August 26: Launch of the platform paramedic pilot.
September: The TTC’s safety culture transformation is officially branded Work Safe-Home Safe.
September 4: Launch of the Next Train Arrival pilot at Dundas Station.
September 28: Last day Adult tickets are accepted as valid fare. Commissioners voted to eliminate the Adult ticket in June.
October 8: The TTC receives arbitrator’s decision on a binding three-year agreement with its three unions.
October 17: First CARE Committee (Rail Transportation) established to begin process of eliminating workplace injuries.
November: The TTC’s 12-month ridership hits an all-time record of 465 million rides.
November 23: Largest service increase introduction on record affecting 113 bus routes.
November 26: Commissioners approve protective barriers for buses and streetcars.
November 26: Commissioners approve a contract for the design of twin tunnels for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension.
December 11: Official opening of the Mount Dennis Division/Garage.